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Sustainable Modular Architecture

September 13, 2014

Many architects are joining the wave of modular homes, which are efficient and ready to assemble projects. The prefabricated building system emerged in the early 20th century, with the aim of producing housing on an industrial scale. Building modular homes leverages economies of scale to offer more affordable housing.

Awesome project by the Australian company MODSCAPE

A few advantages of modular homes:

Controlled manufacturing environment: Because modular homes are built in factories and not in outdoor spaces, they are able to avoid issues of building materials getting wet or damaged. Consequently, delays arising from weather and environment are also mitigated.

Greater variety of plans and designs: Most builders of modular homes offer prospective owners a large variety of plans and designs. Custom elements include, but are not limited to, windows, flooring, colors and more.

Construction time: Modular homes can take some time to be built at the factory, but its on-site assembly is relatively easy and simple compared to conventional home constructions.

Price: The value per square meter is less than traditionally constructed homes. The total price is fixed before the start of work and is not subject to market fluctuations.

Energy efficiency: Since modular homes are built indoors, high quality caulking and insulation are ensured.

Some disadvantages:

Initial investment: Building these homes require significant upfront capital investment in the factories where the modular homes are built.

Distance between the plant and the ground mount: Large distances and complex terrains between the factory and the end destination of the home can pose a logistical challenge.

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